This isn’t exactly a news flash, but it’s getting expensive to be a hockey fan. Wild single game tickets went on sale Saturday and most were snapped up immediately. I hopped online at 11:00 AM and was only able to find a handful of tickets for each game, and to my chagrin, those were for the expensive $75.00 seats. Sure, they have affordable $36.00 and $15.00 seats in a great upper deck, but those are all filled by season ticket holders. So, my only choice for now is to (a) buy a few games at $75.00 a seat (b) get on the season ticket waiting list or (c) watch the games from my barcolounger in the basement.
Let’s examine option A for a moment. $150.00 for me and a guest to get in the door. Parking, a beer and a dog later and we’re up to $200.00. 1 game, $200.00, not in my budget.
Option B sounds a little more attractive. I could get on the season ticket waiting list and someday land some season tickets in the upper deck. This is the best scenario, but unfortunately the waiting list is about 5 years out at this point, and on top of that it costs a $100.00 per seat deposit to be put on the list. I think I’ll do this so I won’t have this problem 5 years from now.
Which leaves me with Option C. I can spend $149.00 for the NHL Center Ice cable package and get 40 games each week for the entire season. Let’s see: $200.00 to see 1 Wild game in person or $149.00 for nearly every game played in the NHL. I’m not the brightest bulb in the ocean, but this sounds like the best option. While I’ll miss the excitement of being at the best rink in the NHL, I’ll be only 5 steps away from a refrigerator full of Guinness.